WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 19th – APRIL 6th | Does your story never feel finished? Do you feel frustrated when readers say they want ‘more’ but can’t tell you what they mean by ‘more’? Do you draw a blank when you try to add “more”?This workshop presents a breakthrough approach to writing a whole and satisfying story through the use of five tools of compression and six breakthrough tools for expansion.
In addition to fiction in the Western tradition, these techniques apply to literary traditions of all cultures. This includes surrealism, magic realism, and all other fiction that does not use the template of the hero’s journey. Two individual 60 minute conferences.
There will be handouts of examples, exercises, and discussion of your work. For writers of all forms of fiction flash, short stories, and novels. Students can schedule 60 minute conferences.
By the end of the class you will have mastered the tools that encourage readers to forget that they’re reading, and allow you to discover a story. These tools include indirect dialogue, artful omissions, bewitching subtext, believable dialogue and dynamic characters.
Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Thaisa Frank’s fifth book of fiction (Enchantment, Counterpoint, 2012) was selected for Best Books by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, Heidegger’s Glasses (Counterpoint 2011) was translated into 10 languages. New work appears in New Micro (Norton, ed. Scotallero, Thomas), Short-Form Creative Writing(Bloomsbury), and numerous online publications.
Number of sessions: 8
Dates: Wednesdays, January 19, 26; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 (no classes in February)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:15pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $450